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Military plane crashes in eastern Algeria, more than 100 dead

A picture taken with a mobile phone shows the wreckage of an C-130 Hercules aircraft after it crashed into Mount Fertas in the Oum El Bouaghi region, about 500 km from the Algerian capital Algiers (AFP)
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A military transport plane carrying relatives of members of the armed forces crashed in eastern Algeria killing more than 100 people, while one passenger is said to have survived the impact.

The plane crashed in a mountainous area in the Oum El Bouaghi province, about 500 km (300 miles) from the capital Algiers, the report said.

Sources from the Civil Protection service subsequently reported that one person had survived the impact, while 75 bodies had already been recovered.

A senior military official told the official APS news agency that 99 passengers and four crew members had been on board the plane, but that the death toll was "yet to be determined".

Colonel Lahmadi Bouguern also said that bad weather and gusty winds were probably the cause of the crash.

The transport plane took off from Algeria's southern Tamanrasset province and was bound for the eastern city of Constantine, APS said.

Today's plane crash could be the worst in Algeria since 2003 when an Air Algerie jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Tamanrasset, killing 102 people.

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